Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Daddy can do it

So I don't know if it's because I prefer to keep Aiden my baby or just because Nate is so much better at teaching then I am...but Daddy is the best at getting Aiden "to do" things.

Even though Aiden is definitely a mama's boy...Daddy has some kind of magic.

Whenever it comes to teaching Aiden something new, it's always been Daddy who reigns over that challenge.

Daddy has amazing patience and technic that astounds me.

Daddy was the one who showed Aiden how to climb the step stool to wash his hands and face after eating.

Daddy works with Aiden on using his fork or spoon to eat dinner.

Daddy lets Aiden use the broom or vacuum when cleaning (I love that one and hope it sticks!)

Now the newest trick Daddy is teaching Aiden, how to properly brush his teeth. I have tried many times to get Aiden to let me show him how to use the toothbrush to, well...brush, not just suck on the bristles or to scrub his tongue with it.

One time I walked by the bathroom and Aiden was 'allowing' Daddy to brush his teeth and Daddy was showing Aiden how to keep his mouth open to brush ALL of his teeth. I couldn't believe it.

So as I see it, we have a great balance on raising this kid. I hope Aiden continues to allow Daddy to teach him about growing up because, frankly, mommy just doesn't want him to.

I'm guessing next on Daddy's teaching list will be fishing, he could use some help catching Walleye's. We'll see how Aiden handles a fishing pole, we've been saving the fishing pole and tackle set that Kevin and Tammy gave Aiden for his first fishing experience. We'll have to wait few months before the lakes thaw.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A chill...

Goodness, why do we live in this arctic state?? The deep freeze has completely set in. It went from decent 40 degree weather one day to the temperatures botttoming out on the thermometer the next!

It's the kind of weather when you want to stay at home under the covers and keep warm. Unfortunately that's not an option and life does go on...even when it's -50 degrees.

Another issue is that I have an incredibly independent child who does not like wearing a hat or mittens. I fear he'll be a popsicle by the time I get him to daycare in the morning. I wrap him in several layers of his favorite type of blanket to keep him warm during the ride and threaten him to keep his hands under the blankets.

Hopefully someday it'll be warmer or at least easier to keep Aiden warm.

Zero seems balmy at this point...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Something from summer

During a particularly cold week, it nice to see a bronze kid...

What a character!

American Idol ain't got nothin' on my kid! He's got some talent!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Reilly's Birthday

Happy Birthday to Reilly! Already 3 years old...boy, our puppy is growing up so fast!

Thursday, January 10, 2008


thanks for being a fun uncle and great godfather to me!
luv, aiden

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Still sick...

Aiden has been sick for a full week now and COMPLETELY miserable! This virus has really taken a toll on him, he's been very clingy and wants mommy to hold him all the time while cuddling his blankets and sucking on his nuki (yes, he still has one).

I took Aiden to his regular Pediatrician for a follow up to the appointment he had last Friday.

His doctor has determined that Aiden has "Reactive Airway Disease" that causes him to cough very badly when he gets a virus - to the point of almost choking and not breathing.

This diagnose isn't necessarily asthma itself because true asthma is difficult to diagnose in a young child, but we are going to treat it as it is asthma with an 'Asthma Action Plan' and keep medication on hand. As Aiden gets older it will be much easier to conclude the diagnose of asthma.

Aiden's Pediatrician has been talking about asthma since he was an infant since he continually has the same reaction each time he gets a virus.

It will be important to keep Aiden away from irritating vapors, fumes, and smoke to ensure he does not have a threatening reaction to his airway. And we'll continue to use the nebulizer treatments when Aiden gets sick.

Our hope is that Aiden won't end up having to take medication daily in order to breathe, anyone with asthma knows how much it sucks to feel the elephant standing on your chest and working hard for every breath...including Aiden's mom.

I hope that we can get Aiden feeling better this weekend and knock out the virus for good!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Sick boy

Aiden's first day back to daycare after the New Year turned out to be not-so-fun. Nate got called back to get Aiden because Aiden was lethargic and started throwing up.

We've spent the last 24 hours trying to get Aiden to sleep more than a few minutes at a time, yes, that includes overnight. He was very thristy and we were hesitant to give him anything to drink since he would throw up anything that went in. By morning I felt better about giving him Pedialyte by syringe a few drops at a time. After having quite a few drops it seemed that the Pedialyte would stay down and he was able to take more.

Aiden hasn't thrown up since last night and we've been able to get him to sleep next to us on the couch off and on all day. His fever isn't as high either.

Aiden has had a cough inthe last couple of days which, I think, actually caused the vomiting. Since the new information out on children's cough and cold medicine, I decided we'd try the old remedy of honey to help calm the cough in order to allow for better sleep. I have to say, he's snoozing next to me and hasn't been coughing like he was before.

Hopefully with the ability to sleep and drink Pedialyte, Aiden will recover quickly and be back on the move!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Holidays 2007

We had an amazing holiday season yet again... lots of time with loved ones!

Aiden, of course, received way more gifts than our tiny house can handle so I spent a day organizing toys and finding space for all of them. He loves all of his new items and is quite spoiled by his family.

We are so fortunate for all we have and really kept that in mind as we celebrated the end of another year.

Happy Holidays to all!